deprecate

verb dep·re·cate \ ˈde-pri-ˌkāt \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of deprecate

deprecated; deprecating
transitive verb
1 a archaic :to pray against (something, such as an evil)
b :to seek to avert
  • deprecate the wrath … of the Roman people
  • —Tobias Smollett
2 :to express disapproval of
  • deprecates such attempts at humor
3 a :play down :make little of
  • speaks five languages … but deprecates this facility
  • Time
b :belittle, disparage
  • the most reluctantly admired and least easily deprecated of … novelists
  • New Yorker

deprecatingly

play \-ˌkā-tiŋ-lē\ adverb

deprecation

play \ˌde-pri-ˈkā-shən\ noun

Examples of deprecate in a Sentence

  1. movie critics tried to outdo one another in deprecating the comedy as the stupidest movie of the year

  2. deprecates TV sitcoms as childish and simpleminded

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Origin and Etymology of deprecate

Latin deprecatus, past participle of deprecari to avert by prayer, from de- + precari to pray — more at pray


DEPRECATE Defined for English Language Learners

deprecate

verb

Definition of deprecate for English Language Learners

  • : to criticize or express disapproval of (someone or something)



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